It was a rough third quarter for many hedge funds, which were naturally unable to overcome the big dip in the broad market, as the S&P 500 fell by about 7% during the quarter. The Russell 2000, composed of smaller companies, performed even worse, trailing the S&P by about 14 percentage points between June 25 and October 30, as investors fled less-known quantities for safe havens. This was the case with hedge funds, who we heard were pulling money from the market amid the volatility, which included money from small-cap stocks, which they invest in at a higher rate than other investors. This action contributed to the greater decline in these stocks during the tumultuous period. We will study how this market volatility affected their sentiment towards SunCoke Energy, Inc (NYSE:SXC) during the quarter below.
Hedge fund interest in SunCoke Energy, Inc (NYSE:SXC) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. (NYSE:HLX), Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (NYSE:ANH), and Nuveen Floating Rate Income Fund (NYSE:JFR) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s analyze the key action encompassing SunCoke Energy, Inc (NYSE:SXC).
Hedge fund activity in SunCoke Energy, Inc (NYSE:SXC)
Heading into Q4, a total of 35 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 0% from the second quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Michael Blitzer’s Kingstown Capital Management has the largest position in SunCoke Energy, Inc (NYSE:SXC), worth close to $33.1 million, amounting to 3.7% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is West Face Capital, led by Greg Boland, holding a $29.7 million position; 12.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions consist of Nathaniel August’s Mangrove Partners, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Matthew Mark’s Jet Capital Investors.